Zionsville Police Dept. offers Safe Exchange Zone for online transactions

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The Safe Exchange Zone offers residents a designated place to conduct business transactions originated online. (Submitted photo)

By Heather Collins

In an effort to provide residents with a safe place to complete online purchases and transactions, the Zionsville Police Dept. has created an E-Commerce Exchange Zone.

The E-Commerce Exchange Zone is in the parking lot of ZPD headquarters at 1075 Parkway Dr. and in the doorway entrance lobby and main lobby. Two empty parking spots on the east wing of the building are reserved for the exchange zone.

The exchange zone offers residents a known, well-lit, secure location to complete business transactions from online retailers such as eBay, Craigslist, Offer Up and Facebook Marketplace.

ZPD Sgt. Adrian Martin said the zone was launched as a proactive measure to keep residents safe and deter bad transactions.

“We’re always trying to provide resources for our community,” Martin said.

Transactions are not monitored by police, but the exchange zone features 24-hour video surveillance. The zone is open 24 hours every day. The ZPD doorway entrance is open 24 hours a day and the main lobby is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. VIN checks also can be completed at the police deptartment.